UPDATE: Man sentenced for fatal hit-and-run
A man was sentenced Monday morning for a fatal hit-and-run in 2018.
According to the Monongalia County Prosecuting Attorney's office, Ladon Garrett was sentenced to one to five years in a West Virginia Penitentiary.
Garrett was sentenced for the felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident causing death.
A Maryland man has turned himself in after fatal hit-and-run on July 6.
20-year-old Divante Coles was riding a bicycle home from work when he was struck from behind and killed by a vehicle on Earl Core Road in Morgantown.
Officials were able to locate the vehicle last Friday abandoned in Harrison County.
According to the Morgantown Police Department, the suspect was identified as 39-year-old Ladon Garrett of Randallstown, Maryland. The vehicle was not registered to Garrett, and police say someone had attempted to remove evidence and idenitification from it.
Police say Garrett surrendered himself to detectives at the Monongalia County Justice Center. He has been charged under Erin’s Law” - Crashes Involving Death. Garrett was arraigned and released on bond.
No further information is available at this time.
Morgantown Police say the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office and Clarksburg Police Department and West Virginia State Police assisted in the investigation.
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Morgantown Police have found the vehicle that fatally struck a man on a bicycle.
The vehicle struck 20-year-old Divante Coles on Earl Core Road on July 6. Coles later died from his injuries.
The vehicle, described as a dark, possibly a black, Chrysler or Dodge sedan had fled the scene after hitting Coles.
According to the Morgantown Police Department, the vehicle was located Thursday and is in police custody.
There is no word on the driver of that vehicle.
In a press release, Morgantown Police confirmed that a hit-and-run accident took place on Earl Core Road (WV Rt. 7) on July 6 at 11:15 p.m.
They say 20-year-old Divante Coles was riding his bicycle west bound when a dark car traveling the same direction struck him from behind.
Morgantown Police, Monongalia County EMS and the Morgantown Fire Department responded to the scene.
Coles was transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital with serious injuries. He was pronounced deceased at 5:37 a.m. on July 7.
The vehicle is described as a dark, possibly a black Chrysler or Dodge sedan. The vehicle should have front end damage with the driver's side headlamp not functioning.
Police continue to investigate.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Morgantown Police at 304-284-7522.